Post Mortem By Tonya Kappes: Review/Giveaway

Jun 19, 2021 | 2021 Articles, Kathleen Costa, Mysteryrat's Maze

by Kathleen Costa

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win an ebook copy of Post Mortem, and a link to purchase it from Amazon.

Post It Delivered!
Bernadette “Bernie” Butler is integral in the tiny mountain town of Sugar Creek Gap, Kentucky, delivering mail and packages, joining in all community events, and, as it too often happens, discovering and investigating some suspicious deaths. She lost her husband years ago in a tragic automobile accident, raised her son into a successful adult, became a grandma to grandchild Clara, and, although not without some ups and downs, has been opening her heart to Mac Tabor, once her husband’s best friend. With a whole town of friends for support, the “Front Porch Ladies” for gossip, her loyal “fur” friends for company, and her BFF Iris Peabody for the occasional “I’ve got a feeling” revelations, Bernie has life where she wants it…coming up first-class!

Post Mortem Earns 5/5 Holes in One…Engaging Southern Gem!
Bernie is the president of the Sugar Creek High School Booster Cub, and this year’s fundraiser is a departure from the casino night she started fifteen years ago. However interest in that was waning, and although this new golfing event seems to be bringing in the fun, can it bring in the money? However, Rachel Faulkner, one of the parents, is a extremely stressed. Her husband Jeff, whose foursome had already completed their round, was nowhere to be found. There’d been an argument, someone said, and a few clubs were thrown in anger. Jeff had stomped off the course, and now, he can’t be found. During Bernie’s rounds, catching up with information about last night’s event, she learns her friend Iris has had one of her “crazy feelings.” She’s not known for a perfect record with these feelings, not even close, but in this case, she might be onto something. Jeff Faulkner is found dead, and there’s no question it was murder.

FOOOUR! Tonya Kappes has added another engaging drama to her Mail Carrier Mystery series with this seventh book. The drama is engaging with several rumors fueling the gossip around town, and what started out as a relatively easy case, with the intrigue of high-stakes gambling, major debts, and more, turns delightfully complex and engaging, especially when Bernie decides to get involved…trouble usually ensues. The final reveal had been on my radar, but it isn’t the destination, but the journey, and a journey through Kappes’ literary universe is just plain fun! Beyond the murder mystery, readers, like me, have become invested in the characters: Bernie and her grandchild, her son Grady and his own young family, Mac, and my favorite, the Front Porch Ladies. Kappes’ writing style is also key to my enjoyment with enough description to make even newbies relishing in the small community, but her creative language and clever banter also does well to illustrate characters and their personalities. All painted with southern flair, this book is tops.

Be a Big Tonya Kappes Fan!

USA Today bestselling author Tonya Kappes has something for every cozy taste. With this, six-book Mail Carrier Cozy Mystery, she has a seventeen-book Camper & Criminals Cozy series along with exciting ghostly-, magical-, and caffeinated-themed series. For ghosts, she has the eight-book Ghostly Southern Mystery and seven-book Kenni Lowry series. Add some magic with the thirteen-book Magical Cures Mystery, three-book Spies and Spells series, and a new six-part serialized series Southern Magical Bakery set to release in July. And finally, get a little caffeinated with her nine-book Killer Coffee Mystery. She also has an enjoyable online presence and various events enticing fans to gather to talk, share, and partake in the fun!

Facebook – Author Tonya Kappes
Join the “Cozy Krew”
Become a Member at the Website – Tonya Kappes
YouTube — Tonya Kappes

To enter to win an ebook of Post Mortem, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “mortem,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen June 26, 2021. US only, and must be 18 or older to enter. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

Check out the first chapter of Tonya’s book Dead to the Last Drop which was featured in a past podcast episode. You can check it out here, or in the player below:

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Kathleen Costa is a long-time resident of the Central Valley, and although born in Idaho, she considers herself a “California Girl.” Graduating from CSU-Sacramento, she is 35+ year veteran teacher having taught in grades 1-8 in schools from Sacramento to Los Angeles to Stockton to Lodi. Currently Kathleen is enjoying year 2 of retirement revitalizing hobbies along with exploring writing, reading for pleasure, and spending 24/7 with her husband of 26+ years.

Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases. KRL also receives free copies of most of the books that it reviews, that are provided in exchange for an honest review of the book.


  1. Tonya has such a good stories. Thanks for the chance to win this book.

  2. Sounds interesting! Count me in!

  3. We love Kathi Daley’s books. Thank you for the chance to win.

  4. Tonya’s books are such great stories and fun to read.

  5. Love Tonya’s books. Would really like to read. Thanks for the chance.

  6. Love cozies…and love Tanya’s books! Helped me get through COVID-19 lockdown and stay sane!

  7. Thank you for the chance to win Tonya ebook!!!!

  8. We have a winner!


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